August 19 might seem like any other date. But for 22 families it’s the date they remember their loved ones who were killed in humanitarian service when a bomb blast tore through Baghdad’s Canal Hotel.
That was 15 years ago. Since then, more than 4,000 humanitarian workers have been killed. Unfortunately, humanitarian workers continue to face great adversity: 2018 was the second-worst year on record for aid worker security, with 399 aid workers affected by major violence in 221 separate attacks.
International law protects aid workers, who often risk personal safety – unarmed – in order to provide humanitarian assistance even in fragile environments. IMA World Health and Lutheran World Relief staff work in contexts where safety is fluid and stability is fleeting, all the while focused on delivering life-giving services that meet our mission.
Meet our colleagues who are humanitarians, #notatarget.